EDC’s violence prevention programs range from seed and experimental initiatives to large-scale national and international efforts. We strive to increase protective factors, build resiliency, reduce risky behaviors, and provide alternatives to violence to keep youth healthy and safe. This is critical work when dealing with youth in poor and unstable environments who are too often out of school, unemployed, and without options for positive engagement in their communities—all risk factors for becoming involved in violent activities.
Because no single intervention can fully address violence, EDC promotes a comprehensive and integrated approach to violence prevention. We involve stakeholders from diverse sectors, including social science, education, health, mental health, justice, and law enforcement. And we focus on developing youths’ cognitive, social, and emotional skills while generating opportunities for employment, education, and civic engagement.